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Virginia Commonwealth Games
Scholastic & Open Chess Championship

Dates:  Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time:  10AM – 8PM
Doors open at 7:30 AM for on-site Registration.

Fee(s):  $25 per player

Location:  Liberty University, Demoss Hall - Room 4066

Division(s):  The tournament is organized into three (3) Divisions:  Scholastic K-5, Scholastic 6-12, and Open. 
  • The Scholastic Sections are for school-age players in grades pre-school through High School.  Experienced Scholastic Players may find a greater challenge in the Open Section.  US Chess Federation Membership is not required in either Scholastic Section.
  • The Open Section is intended for experienced players regardless of age.  Adult beginners can only play in the Open Section. US Chess Federation Membership is required to play in the Open Section.
Registration Deadline:  Online Registration ends at midnight, Thursday July 20th.  On site Registration is open on Saturday, July 22 from 7:30-9AM.

General Information:  Chess Sets and boards will be provided.  Players should bring their own Chess Clocks, pens and pencils if they have them.  A Chess Clock is not required, but is strongly recommended.  There will not be a Chess vendor on site.

Competition Format:  4 Rounds, Swiss System.  This is not an elimination tournament, every player plays 4 games!

  • Time Control for both Scholastic Sections is Game 40 for all 4 rounds.
  • Time Control for the Open Section is Game 45 for Rounds 1 and 2, and Game 60 for Rounds 3 and 4.
  • All sections will observe a 5-second time delay per move.
  • “Game 40” means each player has up to 40 minutes to make all of his/her moves, so a full game could last as long as 80 minutes under Game 40 conditions.
Event Schedule:
Scholastic Sections All played at Game-40, with 5-second time delay
- Round 1:  10 AM
- Rounds 2-4:  Played as soon as possible after the previous round ends  

Open Section:  Rounds begin at the following times ...
- Round 1:  10 AM, Game-45, with 5-second time delay

- Round 2:  12:15 PM, same as Round 1
- Round 3:  2:30 PM, Game-60, with 5 second time delay
- Round 4:  5:30 PM, same as Round 3

Awards:  1st & 2nd Place (Gold Medal); 3rd & 4th Place (Silver);  5th & 6th (Bronze) in all 3 Sections.  Participation Ribbons to Scholastic Section participants.

For more information contact:
Phone:  757-846-4805



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